Microsoft has abandoned its Talisman graphics hardware project in the face of developments from Intel.
The software giant will drop its programme to develop a reference design for a 3D graphics coprocessor and instead, it will license the technology it bought to different chipmakers on an individual basis. That news comes in the face of the creation of the accelerated graphics port (AGP), pioneered by Intel, and the MMX extensions to Intel's Pentium II technology.
But the news may leave some of Microsoft?s partners in the lurch. Silicon Engineering, the original designers that sold Talisman to Microsoft, had worked with chip designers including Trident and relied on other efforts from companies including Fujitsu, Samsung and Philips.
Trident and boardmaker S3 are now expected to sign separate agreements with Microsoft to license the technology.
According to insiders, Microsoft?s intention to move into Intel?s traditional arena caused some friction between the two companies. That resulted in Microsoft saying at the launch of the MMX extensions in February that it would not release software based on the technology until Christmas this year.
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